This show is overflowing with hilarity, wit, great music and astounding talent. Disenchantedfeatures many of the Disney princesses like you’ve never seen them before. Writer/composer Dennis T
. Giacino delivers this un-fairytale production under the direction of Fiely A. Matias with non-stop laughter cocktailed with the sweeping music. The classic Disney princesses are taking a stand against “the princess complex” for the night. They are tired of having to be perfect, thin, sweet, objectified and a list of other gripes . Read More
Question: What do you get when the desperate housewives of aftermath-Disney get together and vent on stage? Answer: Disenchanted! Book writer-composer-lyricist Dennis T
. Giacino and Director Fiely A. Matias scored an A+ with this fantastically fabulous mini-musical based on some of the known Disney princesses. Though a parody (maybe a satire?) of the more popularized fairy tales, many are aware that they themselves are already retellings of the sometimes much darker original versions of the same stories. Read More
There’s just over a month left before the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, with this coming Monday’s local artist preview kicking off the final pre-fest countdown
. For many area performers, the point of producing a show at the Fringe is to have fun with friends and hopefully make a few more bucks on tickets than they spend in the beer tent (fat chance). Others dream of selling out their seven or so shows, earning a Patron’s Pick award, and perhaps extending their run on a nearby stage. But the truly ambitious should be looking at Dennis Giacino and Fiely Matias, creators of the current off-Broadway hit Disenchanted!, for proof of how far Fringe fame can take you: from Florida to Missouri to Manhattan, and all the way to … a floor in New Jersey.
It’s all about the image. Disney movies and fairy tales are sending young women the wrong message and they are suffering from The Princess Complex. In fact, they are feeling Disenchanted.
Led by a militant Snow White (Michelle Knight), simple Cinderella (Becky Gulsvig) and ditzy Sleeping Beauty, the princesses tell their stories of what happens after… “happily ever after.” In song, they confide how they are starving in order to keep their figures trim, over-developed because they are drawn by men, and always waiting for princes to rescue them.
The original “princess posse” of last fall’s sold-out, NY premiere limited engagement of Disenchanted! is making the transfer to Westside Theatre Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street) for an open-ended run
. DISENCHANTED! began previews at Westside Theatre Upstairs on March 19, 2015, with an Opening Night slated for tonight, April 7, 2015.
The musical Disenchanted!, which pokes fun at the world of fairy-tale princesses, officially opens Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre April 7. The open-ended run began previews March 19.
As it did during its initial 2014 run, the cast features Michelle Knight (Jersey Boys) as Snow White; Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde) as Cinderella; Jen Bechter (Elf) as Sleeping Beauty; Lulu Picart (Listen To My Heart) as Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour; Alison Burns (Rent) as Belle/The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel; and Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables) as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. Read More
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical – Michelle Knight, DISENCHANTED
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Lulu Picart, DISENCHANTED!
30th ANNUAL LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
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A chance meeting at a gay social event in Portland, Oregon 23 years ago has resulted in a longstanding personal and creative partnership between Fiely A. Matias and Dennis T. Giacino. I first met the couple in 2001 when they presented Asian Sings the Blues at the New York International Fringe Festival (click here to read my review of that show). I adored their quirky sense of humor expressed via Fiely’s campy, over-the-top performance and Dennis’s tuneful songs with hysterically funny lyrics. Read More
This week I had the opportunity to see Disenchanted! and it was fabulous! This is a great show to see with your friends– a perfect girls night out.. The story is hysterical! You will see your Disney heroines in a new light– and you will love it! The actresses are incredible, each having their own unique and amazing voice. It would be impossible to pick my favorite song (there are so many), but ‘I Just Wanna Eat’ is still running through my head and cracking me up a week later. Snow White, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Arielle, and so many others will have you laughing out loud and inspire you at the same time. Don’t miss this great ‘Girl Power’ show– get your tickets before their NYC run ends on January 25th!